From here, enjoy a one way trip on the Jacobite Steam Train — a two hour train journey that has been described by many, as not only one of the great railway journeys of the world, but also one of the most scenic. Look out for the Loch Eilt pines — a fine example of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. The morning train operates Monday thru Friday starting the beginning of April to the end of September. The views and scenery here are simply spectacular. Be sure to book ahead. You will have the same seats for the round trip so both views are to be enjoyed, as the train does not turn around as you probably already figured out.
There is a market near the train station where you can pick up your own food or beverages before the journey. This locomotive was built by Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle in 1936. The Jacobite Steam Train Tickets Way in advance is needed for these steam train tours! I would love to say the interior is glamorous and reminiscent of bygone days but it was quite shabby and a bit dirty inside and the windows looked like they could have done with a wash. The additional service departs Fort William at 2. See if you can recognize the beaches featured in the movies Local Hero and Highlander as the train steams by them.
The Jacobite Steam Train stops at Glenfinnan station on the way to Mallaig After a dreich start to the day, the sun started to come out after Glenfinnan, as we wound our way along the side of Loch Eilt. Loch Eilt was used as a location in a number of Harry Potter films. The only drawback was the rainy weather which resulted in the widows getting steamed-up and obscuring the outlook. In our trusty rental car and Kevin driving on the opposite side of the car and the opposite of the road for us Americans, we headed towards the famous Fort William steam train. We were having so much fun with our steam car passengers we all stayed on the train.
This holiday highlight has featured as part and parcel of a number of our most popular since we started the company back in 2003, and we were the first to combine it with a stay on the majestic Isle of. For a great photo, be at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre at 10. Awaiting also was our chilled-on ice champagne and chocolates. With everyone onboard, the whistle was blown and the train started to ease its way out of the station. Getting there: By train, from Glasgow to Fort William. For an Idea look at the Earnslaw trip on Wakatipu Soth Island New Zealand.
When we got back to the station, the platform was empty, and the conductor was hanging out the train asking if we were going back to Fort William. This year for the peak season Seafari trips were available from the new pontoon in Mallaig harbour to coincide with the Jacobite, 12. Book your ticket in advance on 01524 737751 Operated by: The West Coast Railway Company Opening Hours: Morning Service - Runs Monday to Friday between the 22nd April — 25th Oct 2019 and on weekends between the 4th May to 29th Sep 2019. Just wish they'd cleaned the windows. As part of the West Highland Line, this is one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world, and this was our first time experiencing the trip.
For and their families, specially arranged travel tours are attracting those with a renewed interest in the magic of the railroads! You can also choose to travel in First Class, and tickets for that cost £59 per person return. A standard one way ticket on the Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William. Most include days out with carefully-selected and highly knowledgeable local guides. The Return Trip On The Jacobite Steam Train Tour Time to board again! The train leaves from Fort Williams, stops briefly in Glenfinnan, and ends in the town of Mallaig. It might have been a wee bit different if it had been raining, but Mallaig has plenty restaurants and cafes to enjoy great seafood and tasty bites in. The Scottish scenery is an important part of your day out on The Jacobite and the open coaches afford the best opportunity to enjoy the views. The Jacobite Steam Train, part of the West Coast Railway Company, runs from Fort William to Mallaig with a stop at Glenfinnan station.
Was taken on the Jacobite Express as a birthday treat, and it was wonderful! Harry, Ron and Hermione meet for the first time aboard the Hogwarts Express. From here our route will take us past Loch Tulla and the Black Mount to spectacular Glencoe, a film location used in Skyfall and Harry Potter, it was also the setting to one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history, the Glencoe Massacre. In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at Glenfinnan in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts on to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. We decided to clothes shop, namely a sun dress for me and shorts for Kevin, did I mention there was heat wave in effect and we were unprepared. The magical steam train is Harry's escape from the Dursley family. Even if you haven't seen the movies, the dazzling expanse of silver sands will catch your attention.
Spend a fortnight uncovering the delights of a , or go even further afield for a complete. The second class carriages, 'B' and 'C' have open seating with tables, but no scones are served. Return Drop Off Point All of our 1 day tours return to George Square and not your hotel. Special Touches As always my husband added a little something to make this Harry Potter excursion more special. I soon discovered there are all different areas to explore throughout Scotland if you are a fan.
If you close your eyes you may hear the rattle of the cart with magical goodies for the students on their way to Hogwarts or the whisper of the Dementors against the windows! The time may be off by a few minutes so get there a bit early and be prepared for a crowd as the train passes by. We were seated in our carriage with 3 American visitors Ken, Jen and Lou Lou!! The views were breathtaking as we went to Mallaig, I highly recommend the trip! By car from Edinburgh, take the M9 to Stirling then the A84, A85 to Crianlarich and A82 to Fort William. All too soon it was time to head back to the steam train, we enjoyed our time in Mallaig. Next, we stopped at the Glenfinnan station to exit the train for 20 minutes if you wish and see the West Highland Railway Museum. At times we were driving in the clouds with the sun breaking through, it was breath taking. The anticipation of this was felt throughout the train when it was time for the Glenfinnan viaduct.
You will feel as though you have stepped back in time into the height of the Victorian steam age — be ready for the chugging sounds and sooty smells which contrast with your well-appointed carriage — we strive to ensure you are in first-class for premium comfort, whenever available. It makes a great video too. Champagne and a box of chocolates were waiting for us! Important Your driver-guide is unable to wait past the departure time either from your hotel or the main departure point. Passing through Arisaig, you start to get fantastic views of the white sands and of the islands of Eigg and Rum in the distance. Hagrid was seen skimming stones across the water and Eilean na Moine, this little island was where Dumbledore was buried.